Having confidence in your privacy is essential for feeling comfortable at home. It can be hard to relax knowing that people are free to look into your home or backyard at any moment. But home privacy is about more than just comfort. Well thought-out privacy can also enhance your home safety and security. Obscuring the view into your home and backyard can deter burglars and reduce the chance of break-ins. It can also improve child safety at home.
While upping your home privacy is a great idea, going about it the wrong way can obscure views, block out natural light and even leave you feeling like a prisoner in your own home.
So if you want to improve home privacy without sacrificing views and lifestyle, we have a few ideas for you to consider.
Home Window Tinting
Professional window tinting is a great way to enhance your home privacy without sacrificing the views or blocking natural light. Window tinting is available in a range of different styles and finishes. Solar or sun control films provide a tint to the windows, reducing glare and blocking out harmful UV rays. One-way films create a mirror effect on the outside of the glass, while still allowing you to see through from the inside. Frosted films create a translucent or opaque effect, letting in the light but obscuring the view from both directions.
Depending on the level of privacy you’re after and the area of the house you want to protect, each of these tinting films can be useful. For front, street-facing windows, you may want to use a one-way film to completely obscure the view in, while for backyard facing windows, a sun-control tint may be enough to slightly darken the windows. Frosted films can be good for bathroom windows where you want maximum light while blocking the view in or out.
Window tinting has a range of other added benefits including filtering out harmful UV rays, reducing sun fading and reducing cooling costs.
Window coverings are one of the most common ways of ensuring privacy at home. Available in a range of styles and materials, window coverings include curtains, blinds, roller shutters and more. While they are a great way of ensuring people can’t see into your home, in most cases they also block out the natural light and obscure your view.
Sheer curtains or opaque blinds can work well in terms of providing privacy while still letting in natural light during the day. However, they will obscure the view.
Window coverings also tend to significantly affect your interior decor, so besides their functional capabilities, they also need to fit in aesthetically.
Fencing may not be the most exciting aspect of landscaping, but it is one of the most important. A good fence can smooth relationships between neighbours, enhance security and improve privacy, all while looking great and blending seamlessly with the landscaping.
If privacy is a primary concern, your front and rear fences need to be high enough that people can’t easily see over, and made from a solid material that people can’t see through. When it comes to front yards, this can be a problem. A high, solid fence in the front yard can make your home feel like a fortress and significantly affect curb appeal.
Privacy screens and trellises are a great way to bolster privacy. They can be strategically placed around key areas, like windows or outdoor entertaining or relaxation areas, to enhance privacy without completely enclosing the area. With a little creative design, these screens can be turned into garden features or green walls.
Privacy screens come in a range of materials and design styles, including timber and composite materials and wrought iron, as well as movable screens suchs as blinds and sails.
One of the best ways to enhance privacy without detrimentally affecting your yard aesthetics is with smart planting. Placing trees and shrubs in key areas around your home can help to obscure the view from the street, through windows or over fences. Before planting, it’s important that you do your research. If you’re planting trees for privacy, you will need to ensure that they will grow to the correct height. Too high and they won’t provide the desired privacy. Trees along fence lines can also cause problems if the root systems get too large or there is too much overhang across the fence.
The best privacy plants are fast growing, evergreen shrubs with dense foliage.
If you neglect home privacy you’re running a big risk when it comes to safety and security. But with the right planning, you can stop people looking while without compromising your view, natural light and home aesthetics.